Art Pepper ‎– Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard

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Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard is a live album by saxophonist Art Pepper, recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1977 and released on the Contemporary label.

“The CD reissue of this release, the third of four single sets that document Art Pepper’s well-received engagement at the Village Vanguard, adds “For Freddie” to the original three-song program. The other selections, which feature pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones in addition to the altoist/leader, are intense interpretations of “You Go to My Head,” Pepper’s “The Trip” and a 16-minute version of “Cherokee.” The altoist was entering his peak period and the entire gig has also been fully documented on a massive nine-CD box set.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:

You Go to My Head” (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 11:35
The Trip” – 12:25
Cherokee” (Ray Noble) – 15:57
“For Freddie” – 10:35 Bonus track on CD reissue


Art Pepper – saxophone
George Cables – piano
George Mraz – bass
Elvin Jones – drums


Released: 1979
Recorded: July 30, 1977
Village Vanguard in NYC
Label: Contemporary
Producer: Lester Koenig